DeVry University Reviews - Bachelor's in Network Security
I typically don't write reviews, but I am currently fed up with this place and wanted to share my issues so others will not have to face the same complications I did. Throughout my 3 year stay in DeVry I was lied to by the finance department several times about estimates and the cost of upcoming semesters. Estimates would be $300-$500 out of pocket based on the schedule they helped build for me, but the actual cost would sometimes reach $2000. Along with that, the classes don't teach you much that you can not teach yourself. Realistically, if you have the motivation to teach yourself you can do it without being 80k in debt. Plus you have just as likely a chance at finding a job/career as someone with a degree from DeVry. This newest issue has shown me just how scummy they can be. My final bill estimate was high, I knew this going into my final semester, but rather than delay my graduation I went with it. After completing my final semester in April, I attempted to pay the bill online a few months later when I had the money. Each time I would attempt to pay they would cancel the payment and I would no longer have access to that money for 2 weeks at a time. After my third attempt I called them to figure out why this was happening and fix the issue. I opened a ticket with student services who told me "we will have someone contact you immediately to help resolve the issue." That was 5 months ago. I have now been called by debt collectors stating my refusal to pay has now moved the account to them. I explained my situation to these people and they agreed to allow me to call DeVry to move the account back to them who should have handled this to begin with. When I called to fix the new problem they told me to contact this number: 1(800)323-4253, as this was the phone line for students who have already graduated. After 2 weeks of waiting for a call back I finally decided to speak to a representative even if they aren't assigned to me yet because I am on a time crunch. After speaking with someone, I find out they aren't even associated with DeVry anymore and can't help me with this issue. This process has now been going on for a month and today I was told, by DeVry, who is completely at fault for this, that it has been too long and I can no longer be helped. They are also denying that I attempted to make payments at all even though I have emails from them confirming they denied the transaction as well as denying the open ticket issue 5 months ago when the payments were first being declined (which was confirmed open by the first woman I spoke to over the phone when the first debt collector called 1 month ago). Now because they refused to help and didn't accept the payment to begin with my credit score is going to be affected and potentially tarnished even though I attempted to pay 5 months ago. Overall, the school is a mess, but the classes will teach you things you don't already know. If it didn't cost an outrageous amount I would say it's worth checking out, but realistically you can learn the same stuff in the same amount of time without the school and all the complications they put you through.
I attended DeVry (back then Ohio Institute of Technology) after completing 2.5 years in the SUNY system. I loved the small class sizes and learned to program very well. Already had all the liberal arts courses I could ever need and wanted to focus on the computer science piece and complete quickly, which I did. Most of the teachers were excellent. I got a job immediately after graduation and currently have a 6-figure salary. It was all classroom then and you had to work hard and attend all day 5 days a week, but if you put in the work, you would graduate with a good education. I have no complaints.
DeVry university is the worst decision I ever made in my entire life. I attended back in 2012 and graduated in January 2017. The degree is overpriced like buying a small house but, instead all I got was a piece of worthless paper that came delayed few months in the mail. This university really played me for a sucker. Follow all their rules and put your complete blind trust in them and you could succeed in life. In reality all they were doing was signing me up for more unnecessary classes, loans, and, jacking up on installment/class fees. Recently they started a tech bootcamp or DeVry bootcamp right after I graduated because, they know their actual tech degrees didn't teach much with coding. Too bad I don't get any discounts to attend this NEW full stack coding bootcamp.Then again it could be their new scam. I been unemployed for 10 months and my DeVry career advisor called me about a Anita cruise event DeVry university was hosting for recent grads. There was only 300 people only allowed to attend and that their will be lot of cocktails and soft drinks. The so called Robert Paul president and other head honchos/staff of DeVry will be there. Worst part is you had to pay 50 bucks to attend it. I didn't reply to it. It only infuriated me, like why on earth would I attend??? I got $160,000+ and three types of government/private loans with interest to pay off for the rest of my life. So no way I am going to pay 50 bucks and attend that dumb cruise event.
DeVry University provides an opportunity for students hoping to further their careers. It succeeds for those that are self motivated and determined to obtain a degree; however, it may not be the best option for those with financial constraints or that need extra support. They struggle in these areas. The degree program could be more rigorous and provide a clearer outline of what careers in the chosen field from this institution actually constitute. Overall, it accomplishes its mission of placing graduates in careers after college but it falls short of the fulfillment and growth potential in those fields.
I attended DeVry University mostly online and some at Addison IL campus from 2013-2016. I majored in Computer Information Systems Bachelor of Science degree. This is the WORST $100,000 plus 6-12 Percent Interest decision of my life. Where do I begin, DeVry university is a FOR PROFIT FAKE school. The education is outdated and downright poor quality. Their advisors are like playing the lottery. They are random each time you call them. You will go through with millions of different financial, academic, and career advisors, that don't care about your questions, inquires, or concerns of your future. The instructors are similar to the advisors which are inexperienced or learning as we taking the course and pass anyone for turning something in the course shell drop box. In eight weeks you practically learn nothing and waste thousands of dollars on nothing. Your degree is worthless and will not lead to a good career. These type of schools are constantly facing Department of Education/Federal Trade Commission investigation and countless of lawsuits from previous students that attended here. If you want to invest your time into this mess, you really don't value your life or your future. My degree is worthless, IT field frowns and jokes about my degree. They avoid looking at my education at DeVry and skip straight to my work experiences/certifications. Everything can be taught online for cheaper price and even free than attending at DeVry. GO TO A REAL SCHOOL like community college/state/private non-profit school. Not this Diploma mill SCAM... For profit scam schools... OR YOU END UP A VICTIM LIKE ME..........
This school started off good, until they started to change everything over summer. The classes now consist of teachers just handing out homework without explaining the work. They don't even bother to show the students how to do the work anymore. I have spent my time watching youtube and search the web to try to understand the work. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY FOR THIS SCHOOL!
Transitioning back into school is made easy with DeVry's non-degree benefits. My Compass to my Career and SuccessU make funding my degree easier and introduced me to just what it takes to change. Knowing exactly what requirements are needed for entry level positions has refined my goals and set me on an upward path to success!
I graduated from DeVry in December 2017. I earned my bachelors of science in computer information systems with a cumulative GPA 3.86. I did the entire course online. So far, I have been on several interviews and all have said that I am not sufficiently trained or there is too much of a deficit in my level of skill to perform the entry level job. The jobs applied for are entry level software developer, database admin, among others my degree states I am prepped for. I finally gave up and went back to seeking employment in my old industry (construction). The reason I chose DeVry was their outstanding job placement stats, 88% of people who go through their program obtain a job in their field 6 months after graduation. In life I believe hard work and perseverance are the keys to successful goal accomplishment. However, in this case I feel I got duped by a university that over promised and under delivered. I did my part and graduated with honors, however, all I received in return is $60,000 dollars in student load debt and nothing to show for it except for a diploma in a nice case. The worst part about it is DeVry representatives dodge responsibility by turning the tables and placing blame on the graduate for the lack of employment success. My advice do not, I repeat do not, consider Devry as a means to an end in your pursuit of gainful employment you may be extremely disappointed.
Devry student services was very helpful. The classes and professors are always willing to assist. The IT department was well knowledgeable and helped me reset my laptop. I got my associates degree in 2015 and I returned for my bachelor in 2016. The school atmosphere is also very professional.
The Good: If you are an adult looking to complete a degree in hopes that it will help you get a little further in your career then I think DeVry is a good fit. If you are willing to do independent research when course curriculum or instructors fail you, then you should be fine. What DeVry Isn't: DeVry, although accredited, is a college that caters to the online student who doesn't have the time or capability to attend on campus full time and do not want the lengthy delay of going part time to a university while juggling work and family. DeVry is not a college that is going to provide you with a high level of learning. The curriculum is typically good, however material, labs, and assignments created by the academic staff are sub-par. One thing I noticed early on at DeVry was a massive amount of typos in core curriculum. These are the lectures, labs, and assignments provided to you. There are also a lot of holes in instruction. You might have an assignment or lab and not be able to complete it easily because you are missing crucial instruction or information. The good news, however, is that you can still get a passing grade if you turn in something coherent. I have managed to keep a 4.0 at DeVry and I am now in my Junior year. If you have a brain, you know how to research, and you can read, you should do fine. In summary, while DeVry is by no means the "cream of the crop" in regards to higher learning institutions, it is an effective and expedient way to obtain a Bachelors or Associates degree.